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Future Navy ops like Syria at risk by budget cuts

Posted September 11, 2013 by Lolita C. Baldor

American warships in the eastern Mediterranean Sea remain ready to strike Syria if ordered, but impending cuts in the defense budget will make that kind of operation far more difficult in the years to come, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Sept. 11. Mabus said that even now fewer ships are going to sea, fewer Navy…

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Study: Pentagon could cuts thousands of employees

Posted September 25, 2013 by Pualine Jelinek

The Defense Department could shed 60,000 more troops than planned and 50,000 civilian employees without hurting U.S. fighting power, four former members of the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a new report on military strategy and spending. Nearly $50 billion in budget cuts are recommended in the report released Sept. 24 and authored…

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Army live-stream of AUSA exposition to allow viewer participation

Posted October 14, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

Many soldiers will not be able to attend the Oct. 21-23 event in person, due to lack of budget and restrictions on travel. However, the educational and professional development panels will be available to them online, and they will even be able to ask questions. “We look at the Army part of AUSA as a…

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Service chiefs testify on risks of sequestration

Posted November 8, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

As they face the prospect of another year of deep cuts to their budgets, the militarys service chiefs testified Nov. 7 before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the impact sequestration is having on the ability to organize, train and equip their service members. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, Chief of Naval Operations…

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AF participates in first Israeli Blue Flag exercise

Posted December 4, 2013 by SMSgt. Dwayne Gordon

Air Force photograph by MSgt. Lee Osberry A group of F-15E Strike Eagles taxi following a combat mission during the Blue Flag exercise Nov. 26, 2013, on Uvda Air Force Base, Israel. Aircraft from the 492nd Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, deployed to participate in the exercise, which promoted improved operational capability, combat…

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Cadet research seeks to end costly bird-strikes on aircraft

Posted December 30, 2013 by Amy Gillentine

Bird strikes cost more than $700 million in damage annually to both military and commercial airplanes – putting both lives and property at risk. But a group of cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo., are working on ways to scare birds away from the aircraft, particularly during take-offs and landings; when the majority…

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First Luke F-35 pilot training at Eglin

Posted January 24, 2014 by SSgt. Timothy Boyer and A1C Pedro Mota

Flying is a concept that captures the imagination of some people at a very young age; hence the success of characters like Peter Pan, Superman and even a flying house in the 2009 movie "Up."

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Welsh thanks Edwards Airmen, talks keys to AF success

Posted February 7, 2014 by Kenji Thuloweit

Air Force photograph by Edward Cannon Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III talks to Team Edwards about current issues and future challenges involving the service Jan. 30 in the base theater. Almost a thousand Airmen, government civilians and contractors filled the base theater to hear Air Force Chief of Staff Gen….

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Hagel talks with troops about 2015 defense budget request

Posted February 26, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

In spotless aircraft hangars at two different military bases in southeastern Virginia yesterday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stood before several hundred airmen and soldiers, highlighting priorities in the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2015 budget request and taking questions. The budget request – which Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs…

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Triton Unmanned Air System completes initial flight test phase

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Northrop Grumman photograph The Navy’s unmanned MQ-4C Triton approaches Northrop Grumman’s flight test facility in Palmdale, Calif., March 13. This flight completed Triton’s initial flight test phase bringing the unmanned air system one step closer to introduction to the fleet in 2017. The Navy’s MQ-4C Triton completed its initial flight test phase at Northrop Grumman’s…

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